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Moving to the Cloud? How to Make Your Cloud Transition Go Smoothly

migrating-to-the-cloudThe cloud is appealing to small businesses for so many different reasons. Scalability, Security, cost and the freedom to go anywhere are all motivating factors that make moving to the cloud a no-brainer for business.

 

But change is hard – especially after years of learning and understanding the ins and outs of your legacy system. While some employees may experience headaches after migrating to the cloud there are steps you can take to make migrating to the cloud a hassle-free experience.

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The App Store Future Is Bleak – Or Not

future-of-the-app-storeGoogle may have taken the first step regarding its feelings on the future of the app store building upon its site-to-home screen feature in Android to allow users to add Progressive Web Apps to their home screen.

In the near future, it’s likely that that users will no longer be able to perceive a difference between a website and mobile app, and according to an article in Venture Beat this will kill the future of the app store. This is not a new theory, foreshadowed by one author in 2011 who stated that web apps are a real threat to the app store’s existence.

So, is a doomsday scenario likely for the app store?

 

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What is the Future of Mobile Apps in 2017?

future-of-mobile-appsThe mobile app landscape is changing as brands look to gain an edge over the competition. Users are always on the lookout for new features, and apps stuck in the past simply won’t get the downloads they need to provide a positive return.

Users spend 90% of their time in apps compared to the mobile web, and app installs continue to climb year-over-year. However, users aren’t satisfied with the same-old, same-old, and that’s what causes 26% of installed apps to be abandoned after just one use.

Technology changes quickly, and brands behind apps are becoming savvier in understanding the needs of their audience. These are the reasons why we can expect to see increasing evolution in the app development space during the upcoming year and beyond. A recent article in Tech Republic details its predictions for the future of mobile apps in 2017, and how users will benefit.

Below is a run-down of 5 app development trends we expect to see the most of in 2017:

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Healthcare Technology Trends to Watch in 2017

healthcare-it-trends-in-2017The future of healthcare technology continues to evolve and present new challenges to those working in IT departments within the healthcare sector.

CDW recently released an article on 7 Health Tech Trends for 2017 in its Winter 2016 Edition of the Tech Health Report detailing the healthcare technology trends we should be looking out for in the new year.

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Twitter’s New Live Video Service-Will It Make An Impact?

First came Twitter’s Periscope. Then Facebook Live. Now comes full live video streaming again from Twitter.

Users now have the option of broadcasting straight from Twitter. Periscope will not be needed.

As reported in Fortune, Tweeters need not download the Periscope app.

The process seems easy to execute. Users can access the live feed by clicking on the “compose new tweet” link. Then click on the “live” button. A pre-streaming frame will then appear.

When ready, a user can hit the “go live” button. As with other applications watchers can interact by sending comments and hearts.

The future of Periscope is unclear.

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Launching an App the Right Way – Perfecting Pre & Post App Launch Strategy

app-launch-strategyConceptualizing, designing and developing mobile applications is just part of the puzzle. Thorough testing, impactful marketing and optimization are all critical components of a successful app launch strategy, and the work doesn’t end the moment the app goes live in the marketplace. An app is no good unless it’s target audience finds it and finds it useful.

When you really think about it, mobile app development is a lot like a trip to the International Space Station. First, you want to make sure you get off the ground. Then, you want to make sure you make it through the atmosphere safely before the real work begins. Eventually, you get everyone back to earth safely and take what you learned to achieve other goals.

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5 productivity apps worth paying for

paid-productivity-appsThere are thousands of useful apps on the iOS app store and thankfully, many of them are free.

Many of us are conditioned to scoff at the apps in the repulsively high price range of $0.99. A dollar? For an app? No thanks, I’ll just go buy a $4 cup of coffee and inhale it in 20 minutes. 

This mindset prevents us from enjoying some seriously great mobile apps that can help us become more productive at home, work or on-the-go.

After taking a look at recent offerings on the app store we break down five productivity apps worth paying for. If you can get over sticker shock quickly read on to learn more about these amazing iOS apps.

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Smart Office Solutions: Applying Connected Home Technology to Your Business

smart-office-solutionsThe Internet of Things has massive potential to evolve how small businesses operate. Smart business technology can be applied to small businesses in virtually any industry, even those that do not consider themselves on the cutting edge of technology.

Home-based connected technology can be a game-changer in an office environment, and as technology continues to improve, smart office solutions are a wave of the future that small business owners simply can’t ignore much longer.

In this article, we’re not discussing iOT solutions specifically geared towards business, but how connected home technology can be used to make a small business smarter, more efficient and cost-effective, along with the important measures a small business needs to take to secure their smart office solutions. Think Arlo, Nest and Alexa and how they can be used in a small business setting.

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Hiring an App Developer: How to Find App Developers that Align with Your Goals

 

hiring-an-app-developerYou have a great idea for a new business app and are ready to start hiring an app developer. While you generally have an idea of how you want your app to look and function, you don’t possess the skills needed to turn concept into reality. Hiring an app developer is the next step in the process after conceptualization, but how do you find app developers that align with your specific goals?

Every app is different and development truly never ends – as great apps often need constant updating to stay relevant in a hyper-competitive marketplace.

Hiring an app developer isn’t as simple as calling the company with the first result on Google – you have to partner with an app developer who gets you. Someone who is on the same page with your business, your goals and your vision to create an app that is a digital extension of your company and your values.

 

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Technology in Real Estate: Overcoming Challenges of IT in Real Estate

it-in-real-estateTechnology in Real Estate is changing the way the entire industry works. Realtors are coming up with new and creative ways to not only market properties, but also interact with their clients on both sides of the transaction.

IT in Real Estate is not something anyone would have thought about 20 years ago, when the researching, buying and selling process was anything but digital. Today, everything is digital – from buyers researching homes to agents marketing homes and sellers receiving showing feedback from buyer’s agents through mobile applications.

While technology can replace many aspects of a real estate transaction, it cannot replace the agent itself – as the percentage of homebuyers utilizing agents has increased significantly in recent years. While the human element of the industry will never go away, technology in real estate changes the game – and every individual involved in the transaction – agents, appraisers, lenders and even home inspectors needs to be aware of the impact technology has on real estate.

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